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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2013
backpacking travel  (3 Answers)

I am planning to go for Xin jiang for about 3 weeks as a solo travel. Since the province is very big I want to go to central North,south and east Xin jiang. Any one suggest how am i supposed to travel economically and what are the most interesting places i shouldn't miss??? Thank you in an advance.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2013
Pakistan visa for chinese national in urumqi  (1 Answer)

Hello, i got married to pakistan boy.... i need visa. can i get visa through some agent or i must go beijing to get visa


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2013
where permits are necessary in Xinjiang?  (3 Answers)

I wondering where permits are necessary in Xinjiang? I' d like to know if I (Vietnamese tourist) have Chinese visa and want to go to some places of Xinjiang such as : Urumqi, Buerqin, Kanas, Kuqa, Korla, Kashgar, Karakul lake, Turpan, Hotian, Aksu... , do I need to get special extra traveling permit or not? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2013
Trip to xinjiang province  (1 Answer)

Hello ! I am travelling to the Xinjiang province at the end of june. I am french and i'd like to know if anyone is travelling to that province at the same time so we could possibly team up :) thanks !


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2013
An invitation letter  (8 Answers)

Does anyone know where to get an invitation letter to xinjiang ?
Or when crossing the borders from kazakhstan, does anyone control if you have it ?
Stelu


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2011
urgenly need guide recommendation  (1 Answer)

Hi, i need your help urgently. did anyone ever heard of this company ? i was about to use this company to arrange my upcoming trip. i taked to the staff on msn, he seems nice and very fast at getting back to me, but i was just wondering if the company is real? as it seems that their website is very new that some tabs shows no content when clicked. can anyone tell me if this agency is recommended? Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2010
Help with Itinerary - Silk Road  (1 Answer)

Hi, can someone please look over this itinerary for me?

Shen Zhen --> Urumqi
Urumqi--> Kashgar
Kashgar--> Urumqi
Urumqi--> Turpan
Turpan--> Dunhuang
Dunhuang --> Jiayu Guan
Jiayu Guan--> lanzhou
lanzhou --> xia he
xia he --> tianshui
tianshui --> xian

I am planning on leaving around 11/12.
THe other alternative that I am considering is flying into Lanzhou from Shenzhen, then work my way up to Kashgar by train and take a flight from Kashgar to Xian at the end.
My question is will it make a difference if I get to Kashgar in later Nov. instead of mid Nov. Which route do you think is better?

Also how is the scenery around that time of the year?

Thank you in advance for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2010
Kazakhstan to China  (3 Answers)

I will be in Kazakhstan for a month and thinking of going into China. What cities near the Kazakhstan borders are worth visiting seeing how I may be limited in my stay? And what is the best means of transportation? Bus?

Any info will help.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 23, 2010
Lake Karakul and Lake Hanas  (9 Answers)

Hi, I am planning to visit Xinjiang in Sept/Oct 2010. I intend to visit Lake Karakul and Lake Hanas during the trip. I read that tourist need permit to visit Lake Karakul effective July 2008. Can someone confirm whether it is true? If so, where to get the permit and how much is it cost? I also wish to do some trekking around Lake Hanas.Is it possible to do the trek without a guide from Hemu?Or if advisible to do the trek with the guide, how much will be the cost?

Thank you

Choon Eng


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2010
Xinjiang to Tibet  (6 Answers)

Hi all

Does anyone know the latest news or any news on traveling from Kashgar down to Ali In Tibet and then onto Lhasa. If not this route maybe from Golmud.

Is it plausible to get down into tibet from Xinjiang as a solo traveler using public transport at the present time or not or shall I just stick to my other plans for now traveling around india.

Any help would be great as im getting conflicting results at the moment


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2009
current situation in Xinjiang  (6 Answers)

I know internet is blocked in Xinjiang right now, but can anyone who's been there recently comment on the safety situation?

there are now reports of syringe attacks beyond Urumqi, in Hotan, Kashgar and Altay - in other words, all over the region.

Travel agents have also reported that the desert villages in the southern Taklamakan are off-limits, and that permit fees for the desert ruins along the southern silk road (e.g. Niya, Miran) are astronomical. Maybe something to do with the upcoming 60th anniversary.

all in, a poor prospect for a solo traveller who looks Han...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 05, 2008
Travel permit to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province  (2 Answers)

I was talking to China Global tourism agency and I was told that I'll need to get a permit to visit Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province. She said that even chinese need such a permit, She is chinese. She also told me I do NOT need to buy the return tickets, a confirmed reservation is good enough for visa purpose.

all the input are weclomed.
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2008
Living Expenses, Language Classes, and Visas  (8 Answers)

I'm planning a trip to spend four to five months in Xinjiang next year (planning well ahead!)

I'm trying to figure out the confusing instructions on the Chinese Consulate's website. How long can tourists stay on a regular visa? What kind of visa would I need if I tutored in English? (Is that even allowed?)

Also, I need to estimate living costs. I'm planning on living primarily in Urumqi and have no idea how much a tiny, one-person apartment might be, and how much money I should budget for food.

My last inquiry is about language schools/tutors in Urumqi. Would it be cheaper to take classes at a university, or from a private teacher?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2008
Police check points  (10 Answers)

I am plan to travel around Xinjiang Province, I was wondering how is the police check points within each city and between cities? am I going to be stopped all time?
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2008
Where is dinosaur fossils or dinosaur museum in xinjiang?  (1 Answer)

Hi, I plan to visit urumqi, turpan, buerjin, kanas lake, wuerhe, kashgar in xinjiang. Is there any dinosaur museum or skeletons to be seen nearby these areas and how do I get there?

Hope to hear from you
Many thanks!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2008
Transportation from tashkurgan to pakistan border  (2 Answers)

Hi,

May I know is there any public bus from tashkurgan to the pakistan border and then back to tashkurgan or kashgar? What is the schedule?

Hope to hear fom you
Many thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2008
Lavender farms in Xinjiang?  (1 Answer)

Hi There,

Is there any lavender farms in xinjiang? Where is it located and how do I get there by public bus?
My plan is to visit urumqi, kashgar, yining, kanas lake, turpan, etc.

Many thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2008
Transportation questions - Kuqa/Kuche to nearby attractions  (1 Answer)

I plan to stopover at kuqa/kuche on my way from kashgar to urumqi.

May I know how do i get to the grand canyon, the thousand buddha caves and luntai poplar forest by public bus?

Anyone has any idea what will be the colour of the poplar forest in early September? I hope it will be golden colour :)

Hope to hear from you
Many thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2008
Travel to kanas, hemu, baihaba

Has anyone been to Baihaba, Hemu or Habahe near Kanas lake by public bus?

How do I get to these place by public bus and how many days do I need if I don’t do the horse back riding, assuming I start my journey from urumqi?

Is there very big difference in terms of the landscape & scenery compare to kanas lake area?
Just to share that our time are quite short but since we are going all the way to kanas, so might as well drop by those places if it doesn't take up too much travelling time.

From buerjin to wuerhe ghost city, is it possible to take public bus to visit wuerhe ghost city, visit the ghost city in few hours and then continue by public bus to yining?

Hope to hear from you
Many thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2008
Travelling within Yining's attractions

Hi VTers,

I am planning to take public bus from urumqi to yining and then visit sayram lake, fruit valley, narat grassland or bayanbulak grassland (depending on the convenience of public bus).

Does anyone know how to take public bus to those areas?

Any replies are great!!
many thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2008
Travel within xinjiang/silk road

Hi There,

Sorry i have to post this again as there was no reply to my earlier post.

I'm planning to travel xinjiang in september.
Anyone can help to answer me would be great!!

- has anyone been to BayanBulak or Narati grasslands? How to go there or is it even open to public now?

- Do you think it's easy to take bus from buerjin to karamay, visit the ghost city and then take a bus to yining? I just couldn't find anything online so far.

- Has anyone been to Baihaba, Hemu or Habahe near Kanas lake?
How do I get to these place by public bus and how many days do I need?
Is there very big difference in terms of the landscape & scenery compare to kanas lake area?
Just to share that our time are quite short but since we are going all the way to kanas, so might as well drop by those places, if it doesnt take up too much travelling time.

- I've read that there are a 4 day tour that includes the monster city, do you think the tour will be cheaper comparing to DIY?

- I plan to stopover at kuqa/kuche on my way from kashgar to urumqi. How do i get to the grand canyon and the thousand buddha caves?
Also how do I get to luntai huyang poplar forest? anyone been here before or even heard of it?

Please please let me know what you think.
many thanks
cecilia


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2008
weather in end august - early september  (2 Answers)

Hi There,
May I know what will be the temperature at this time of the year as I need to know what type of clothes to pack?

What about the temperature in southern china in mid september?

hope to hear from you
many thanks!
cecilia


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2008
tashkurgan to pakistan border  (7 Answers)

Hi,
I've left out this question : How do I get from tashkurgan to pakistan border by bus and what will be the timing for the return journey?

Does it requires permit? If yes, how and where to appy?
I will only be travelling up to the border to enjoy the view and then back to tashkurgan.

Any reply is great.
cheers!!
cecilia


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2008
Travel within xinjiang

To all VTers,

I'm planning to travel xinjiang in september.
Anyone can help to answer me would be great!!

- Do you have any idea the bus schedule from urumqi to yining and yining to urumqi?

- my purpose to yining is to visit sayram lake and fruit valley. I knew sayram lake is not far from yining but have no idea about fruit valley. How do I get from yining to fruit valley?

- has anyone been to BayanBulak or Narati grasslands? How to go there or is it even open to public now?

- Do you think it's easy to take bus from buerjin to karamay, visit the ghost city and then take a bus to yining? I just couldn't find anything online so far.

- Has anyone been to Baihaba, Hemu or Habahe near Kanas lake?
How do I get to these place by public bus and how many days do I need?
Is there very big difference in terms of the landscape & scenery compare to kanas lake area?
Just to share that our time are quite short but since we are going all the way to kanas, so might as well drop by those places, if it doesnt take up too much travelling time.

- I've read that there are a 4 day tour that includes the monster city, do you think the tour will be cheaper comparing to DIY?

- I plan to stopover at kuqa/kuche on my way from kashgar to urumqi. How do i get to the grand canyon and the thousand buddha caves?
Also how do I get to luntai huyang poplar forest? anyone been here before or even heard of it?

My current route will be :
urumqi - tianchi
urumqi - kanas lake & surrounding area, buerjin - ghost town (if I can get public bus to yining/sayram it's better, if not i'll go back to urumqi)
urumqi - sayram lake, yining, fruit valley - urumqi
urumqi - kashgar, stopover at kuqa
kashgar - karakul - tashkurgan - border - kashgar
kashgar - urumqi.
urumqi - turpan.

Please please let me know what you think.
many thanks
cecilia


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2008
travelling within xinjiang's sights  (1 Answer)

Hi all VTers,

I am planning to touch down in urumqi, doing a northern loop up to kanas lake and from kanas lake to buerjin, then to sayram lake & the grassland then down to kashgar and karakul lake and back to urumqi and 1 or 2 days tour out of urumqi to tianchi or any other sights.

My question :
~ How do I do it with public bus? As for kanas lake, I may opt to take a short tour from urumqi if it's too much of hassle to do it on our own.

~ how to go about sayram lake and the grasslands?

~ how to get to kashgar from sayram lake?

~ lastly, has anyone been to urumqi' no.1 glacier? is it worth to go and how to go by bus?

Any reply is great.
many thanks!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2008
Where to rent sleeping bag and mattress in Kashgar  (1 Answer)

We will arrived in july 24 in Kashgar with a group of tourist for a silk
road trip around taklamakan (camping accomodation). Do you think if there is somes possibilities to rent (or to buy) sleeping bag and mattress, in Kashgar or other location?
Thanks in advance
Gy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2008
Urumqi-Golmud  (4 Answers)

Hi

got a question concerning the still missing piece in my routing through china. would like to get from urumqi to Golmud, and wondering if there are busses running or trains even,even a flight would be fine. problem is that in my China travel guide it doesnt really come up with any fancy connection.
If anyone knows any alternative way to get there, like hitchhiking on a truck, and knows roughly how long thats gonna take, i´d be fine with that as well.

Thanks for any info
Philipp


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2007
Can anyone recommend Uyghur translators in Xinjiang?  (1 Answer)

Can anyone recommend Uyghur translators (Uyghur to English) in Xinjiang? Could be in Urumqi or other places. Would take the translator along with us for a trip in Xinjiang.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2007
Where is this lovely building?  (4 Answers)

Please help me! Who can tell me, where this pic was taken? I urgently need the name and place of this lovely mosque! Thank you!

Please see the pic on my Xinjiang-page


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2007
Uyghur Musical Instruments  (4 Answers)

I would like to know where I could possibly purchase any small but yet also playable (ie not just for show) Uyghur musical instrument in Xinjiang, and approximately how much it would cost. Not picky about what kind of instrument it is as long as it's a plucked-string instrument. I guess Kashgar might be the best/easiest place, but any leads for anywhere in Xinjiang would be helpful.



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